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schools and special education

Julia - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )




I live in Northern Cal, but I can't stand having to fight every day for proper services and resources for my son in Kindergarten. And this is only the beginning?!?!?! I wonder if anyone has had GOOD experiences in certain school districts in California versus others. I'm willing to move to southern Cal also. I have family in both parts of Ca. Special Ed, Special Day Class, 1:1 aide, IEP, regional center, etc. My son is already in a Social Thinking Class, but it's only once a week. I've got to keep his academic learning going too, and he keeps failing in these districts up here. Any comments?


Katharine - posted on 03/07/2009




I have had good experiences in Sonoma County, Costa Mesa, and Burbank.  The regional center in Sonoma County has resources that are not stretched as thin as they are in other, more populous areas.  We got good service from them. 

In Costa Mesa, California, the Newport Mesa Unified school district is rated the best in the state for special ed.  They spend more per student than almost anywhere else.  There is a lot of money in the area so people there are litigious.  As soon as the school district beleives that you will sue, you won't have to.  They will do what ever they can.

We are in Burbank now and we have a great teacher.  So far, my daughter has thrived here and the district is stepping up.  Next year we go to middle school and that will be a whole different thing so I can't speak to that yet. 

There are huge differences between school districts.  L A Unified, for instance, is a nightmare.  Avoid it like plague rats. 


Good luck!


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